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Baseball America picks M’s second in AL West

Post by Ryan Divish on March 14, 2008 at 10:05 am with No Comments »
March 14, 2008 10:05 am

Just got the latest issue of Baseball America here at the complex in Peoria Spring training in complex. It’s their annual major league preview issue and in it their panel (group of very knowledgeable baseball writers) picks the Angels to finish first, the Mariners second, the Rangers third and the Athletics fourth.


Their “quick-take” on Seattle is this: The Mariners won 88 games despite being outscored last season, and one but not both of those trends can continue.


Here’s BA’s other picks

Regular Season

AL East — Boston

AL West — Angels

AL Central — Tigers

Wild Card — Indians


Division Series

Red Sox over Indians

Tigers over Angels


ALCS

Tigers over Red Sox


NL

NL East – Mets

NL Central — Cubs

NL West — D’Backs

NL Wild card — Phillies


Division series

Cubs over Phillies

Mets over D’Backs



NLCS

Mets over Cubs


World Series

Tigers over Mets


They rate Ryan Feierabend as the top “not-quite” prospect and Jeff Clement as the Mariners top prospect.


Felix Hernandez also is seventh in their list of Top 25 players under 25, with Miguel Cabrera heading that list.


Clement also ranks No. 22 in their top 25 rookies list — which isn’t bad since he might not even start the team with


Here’s the top five…

1. Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay

2. Kosuke Fukudome, IF, Cubs

3. Clay Bucholz, RHP, Red Sox

4. Jay Bruce, IF, Reds

5. Joba Chamberlain, RHP, Yankees

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